"On stage, James Hammel is at once completely natural and artfully focused, a rare combination. He gets to the core of each song with easy grace and understated eloquence." Roy Sander, Critic and Columnist (formerly of Back Stage and Citysearch).

James Hammel & Friends, is currently booking events and private parties and working on a his next project release.

 

 

Notable Quotables from James' performances:

     
 

A COMMUNITY JAZZ FESTIVAL: "James Hammel & Friends were highly professional and played excellent jazz and blues music! We would definitely recommend them to anyone looking to host a relaxing, smooth jazz event!!!" - Sonya C. Williamston, SC

A FESTIVE WEDDING RECEPTION: "Fantastic Band!! James Hammel & Friends played for our wedding reception and we could not have picked a more perfect band for the occasion. They are very talented musicians and were extremely professional throughout the evening. I would highly recommend James Hammel & Friends." - Theodore, Groom, Knoxville, TN

BEST WEDDING BAND EVER!: James Hammel & Friends are the most perfect band for any occasion! They played at our wedding. Their jazzy, funky, contemporary vibe was timeless. Every age group could relate. All the band members were professional and kind and incredibly talented. We will hire them again and again for future entertainment and always recommended them. They are worth their weight in gold—hands down! So incredibly pleased! - Margaret, Asheville, NC

A MAJOR FUNDRAISER: "It was a plesure working with James setting up and suggesting back and forth what we wanted for our annual fundraiser and auction event. Professional all the way and easy to communicate back and forth prior to the event. The music provided was everything we expected and more with attendees into their music while the Taste and Wine event proceeded. No one seemed to want them to stop but in the end the event was over and we all left enjoying the music from that night." -Mark S, Maggie Valley, NC

A COUNTRY CLUB GATHERING:" James was truly professional and our members really loved his music. He communicated in a timely fashion and reached out to confirm the event. We look forward to having him back!" - Liz, Event Planner Asheville. NC

AN ELEGANT PRIVATE PARTY: "James performed solo with his guitar at our party. From the moment the party began to the very end, his music set the ambiance and crooner vibe I was looking for. It really helped create a truly positive and uplifting experience for our guests. A wonderful evening of entertainment. Thank you James!" — - LM

A MEMORIAL SERVICE: "James was wonderful. His voice was great and they did exactly what we needed. It was a hard time but he really made it easier!! BOOK THIS GUY!! You won’t regret it." Katy S. from Asheville, NC

A NC BREWERY: "James Hammel & Friends perform weekly at our brewery and it's been our best day of the week for almost five years! Great voice, guitar playing, and energy. The addition of a variety of excellent musicians and a truly diverse songlist make having James truly wonderful." John G., Asheville, NC

A MAJOR HOTEL AND TOURIST ATTRACTION: "James performs regularly for our customers who visit this hotel and dine here. Without exception, we have heard nothing but wonderful feedback on the quality and diversity of his music. Everyone loved you and your music!" Cora, Asheville, NC

Scheduled Events

 

While some of these events are private, we do not list events such as weddings, corporate events, fundraisers and other non-public events.

Date
Venue
Details
Saturday, December 31st

Omni Grove Park Inn

Asheville, NC

5:30 - 7:30 PM

Private wedding ceremony with a quintet. Players to be announced.
Friday, December 16th

The Country Club of Asheville

Asheville, NC

5:30 - 8:30 PM

James performing as a quartet with a Holiday show Will Boyd (sax), Bob Songster (bass), Justin Watt (drums) for members and guests. Jazz, pop, blues and originals.
Saturday, September 23rd

Holy Taco Cantina North

Johnson City, TN

6 - 8 PM

James Hammel performing solo at this neat taco house.
Thursday, September 14th

The Country Club of Asheville

Asheville, NC

6 to 8 PM

James performing solo for members and guests. Jazz, pop, blues and originals.
Saturday, September 9th

Springdale Resort

Cruso, NC

5:30 - 8:30 PM

James performing a solo show of Jazz, pop, blues from the late 1960's.
Sunday, September 3rd

Omni Grove Park Inn

Asheville, NC

3 - 6 PM

James performing as a duo with Will Boyd (sax) in the Great Hall. Jazz, pop, blues and originals
Saturday, September 2nd

Omni Grove Park Inn

Asheville, NC

1 -3 PM PM

James performing solo poolside. Jazz, pop, blues and originals
Friday, August 25th

Biltmore Estate - Antler Hill Village

Asheville, NC

5:30 - 9:15 PM

James Hammel & Friends Quartet in this wonderful outdoor spot at Biltmore. Will Boyd (saxophone), Bob Songster (bass) and Justin Watt (drums).
Saturday, August 19th

Omni Grove Park Inn

Asheville, NC

1 -3 PM PM

James performing solo poolside. Jazz, pop, blues and originals
Sunday, August 13th

Biltmore Estate - Antler Hill Village

Asheville, NC

5:30 - 9:15 PM

James Hammel & Friends Quartet in this wonderful outdoor spot at Biltmore. Will Boyd (saxophone), Zack Page (bass) and Rick (drums).
Saturday, August 12th

The Grocery - Market and Bar

Black Mountain, NC

6:30 - 8:30 PM

James Hammel performing with Matt Kinne (bass) solo at this wonderful Black Mountain, NC market and bar.
Saturday, August 5th

Mountaintop Golf & Lake Club

Cashiers, NC

6 - 9 PM

James Hammel & Friends performing as a quartet with Will Boyd (horns), Bob Songster (bass), Justin Watt (drums), and James (guitar/vocals) for a member/guest event.
Saturday, August 5th

Omni Grove Park Inn

Asheville, NC

1 -3 PM PM

James performing solo poolside. Jazz, pop, blues and originals
Friday, August 4th

The Country Club of Asheville

Asheville, NC

5:30 - 8:30 PM

James performing solo guitar/vocals for members and guests. Jazz, pop, blues and originals. Private venue for members and their guests.
Saturday, July 29th

Holy Taco Cantina North

Johnson City, TN

6 - 8 PM

James Hammel performing solo at this neat taco house.
Saturday, July 15th

Omni Grove Park Inn

Asheville, NC

1 -3 PM

James performing solo poolside. Jazz, pop, blues and originals.
Saturday, July 8th

Omni Grove Park Inn

Asheville, NC

1 -3 PM

James performing solo poolside. Jazz, pop, blues and originals.
Saturday, June 25th

Omni Grove Park Inn

Asheville, NC

1 -3 PM

James performing solo poolside. Jazz, pop, blues and originalsSummer is here!
Saturday, June 30th

Bier Garden

Asheville, NC

8 - 10 PM

James performing with Will Boyd (muti-talented sax and flute)
Sunday, June 25th

Biltmore Estate - Antler Hill Village

Asheville, NC

5:30 - 9:15 PM

James Hammel & Friends Quartet in this wonderful outdoor spot at Biltmore. Will Boyd (saxophone), Bob Songster (bass) and Justin Watt (drums).
Friday, June 16th

The Grocery - Market and Bar

Black Mountain, NC

6:30 - 8:30 PM

James Hammel performing with Matt Kinne (bass) solo at this wonderful Black Mountain, NC market and bar.
Saturday, June 3rd

Black Mountain Monster Marathon

Black Mountain, NC

5 - 7 PM

James performing with a quartet performing Jazz, pop, blues and originals. A wonderful fundraiser. Ben Colvin (sax), Matt Kinne (bass), and Justin Watt (drums).
Saturday, June 3rd

Omni Grove Park Inn

Asheville, NC

1 -3 PM

James performing solo poolside. Jazz, pop, blues and originals
Saturday, May 13th

Holy Taco Cantina North

Johnson City, TN

6 - 8 PM

James Hammel performing solo at this neat taco house.
Friday, May 13th

The Grocery - Market and Bar

Black Mountain, NC

6:30 - 8:30 PM

James Hammel performing with Matt Kinnee (ass) solo at this wonderful Black Mountaiin, NC market and bar.
Saturday, April 22nd

Holy Taco Cantina North

Johnson City, TN

6 - 8 PM

James Hammel performing solo at this neat taco house.
Wednesday, April 19th

Richies Alliance for Autism

Maggie Valley, NC

5:30 - 9 PM

This private auction and fundraiser supports a wonderful cause in helping autistic children in WNC. James Hammel & Friends Quintet is honored to support this wonderful cause. Will Boyd (saxophone), Paul Banman (piano), Zack Page (bass) and Justin Watt (drums).
Saturday, April 15th

Town of Rolesville NC

Rolesville, NC

6 - 8 PM

James Hammel Duo performing with Tim Messina (sax) at this town music festival.
Friday, April 7th

The Country Club of Asheville

Asheville, NC

6 - 9 PM

James Hammel solo performance for members and guests.
Friday, April 3rd

The Colonnade Charlottesville, VA

5:30 - 7:30 PM

A reetirement community event. James performing solo guitar/vocals for members and guests. Jazz, pop, blues and originals.
Friday, March 3rd

Frankies Italian Trattoria

Maggie Valley, NC

6 - 9 PM

A fabulous Italian restaurant. James performing solo guitar/vocals including Jazz, pop, blues and originals.
Tuesday, Feb 14th

Springdale Resort

Cruso, NC

5:30 - 8:30 PM

James performing a solo Valentine's Day show. Jazz, pop, blues and originals
Friday, January 27th

The Colonnade Charlottesville, VA

5:30 - 7:30 PM

A reetirement community event. James performing solo guitar/vocals for members and guests. Jazz, pop, blues and originals.
2021

epiphany

Worldwide

 

James' original album, ephipany, released to all major music outlets around the world. Look for it from Apple Music, Spotify,Pandora and other streaming outlets.
 

 

 

Notable Past Performances  
 

Biltmore Estate - Antler Village, The Inn and Village Hotel

Asheville, NC

James performs regularly at this wonderful venue overlooks the beautiful hillside of the amazing Biltmore Estate. Includes solo, dus,o trios and quartets.
 

Burntshirt Vineyards

Hendersonville, NC

James performing solo guitar/vocals at this wonderful and picturesque vineyard.
 

The Country Club of Asheville

Asheville, NC

James performing solo guitar/vocals for members and guests. Jazz, pop, blues and originals. Private venue for members and their guests.
 

The Classic Wineseller

Waynesville, NC

A great spot to enjoy music in Waynesville. James performing solo guitar/vocals for members and guests. Jazz, pop, blues and originals.

 

Highland Brewing Downtown

Asheville, NC

Early evening duo with Ben Colvin, saxophone, mixing jazz, pop, blues and original songs.
 

Monte Vista Hotel (Milton's)

Black Mountain, NC

James performing solo guitar/vocals for guests of this historic hotel. Jazz, pop, blues and originals.
 

Omni Grove Park Inn

Asheville, NC

Beautiful Asheville dinner, spa and music venue featuring solo, duos, trios, quintets performing the Great American Songbook, Brazilian jazz, Pop, Blues and Originals. Shows include in the Great Room, poolside, and at New Year's Eve gala events.
 

Envision Williamston Jazz Festival

Williamston, SC

Featuring a Trio (guitar/vox, percussion, sax/clarinet) and playing a concert at the amphitheater.
 

Park Rhythms Series Sponsored By Town of Black Mountain

Black Mountain, NC

Featuring a Quartet (guitar/vox, bass, drums, sax/clarinet) and playing a concert on the stage outdoors at picturesque Lake Tomahawk.
 

Richie's Alliance For Autism

Waynesville, NC

Quartet and Solo performances at this great fundraiser for autism. A wonderful cause.
 

Symphony of the Mountains

Kingsport, TN

Quintet performing in support of this organizations wonderful annual black tie dinner and fundraiser.
 

White Horse

Black Mountain, NC

Great band for this one and a neat venue! Lots of jazz, pop, originals played by some of the best musicians around: Dr. Bill Bares (Piano), Zack Page (Bass), Rick Dilling (Drums) and Patrick Brown (Sax).
 

ISIS Music Hall

West Asheville, NC

 

Quartet performing jazz, blues, pop amd originals.
  US Open Tennis Championships (multiple performances) Five solo shows at the US Open Tennis Championships in Flushing Meadows, NY.

 

The Bitter End

New York City (multiple performances)

James often featured his original music at this historic pop venue that featured artists like Dylan, Joni Mitchell, The Police and many more artists.

 

The Metropolitan Room

New York City (multiple performances)

This spectacular cabaret room featured James with his band including Daryl Kojak (piano), Dmitri Kolesnik (bass), Cook Broadnax (drums) and Ole Mathisen (sax) performing jazz standards and originals.

Interested in booking an event or private party? James continues to perform at private functions. Please visit our Contact page.

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